Construction of a new post office on North Sea Road in Southampton Village is moving along as planned, and the facility is still projected to open by early summer, according to a U.S. Postal Service spokesman.
Most of the building itself is complete. From the outside, the facility appears to be missing only some siding. Pipes that have yet to be buried are lying on the grounds of the construction site waiting to be installed, and paving and landscaping are yet to begin.
The Postal Service broke ground for the new $3 million building in June after more than a decade of planning. The 8,800-square-foot post office will be 2,500 square feet larger than the existing facility on Nugent Street, where the post office has been located since 1964.
The 2.2-acre North Sea Road lot is located across from Schmidt’s Market and has belonged to the Postal Service since 1998, when it purchased the property for about $1.2 million from a group of village residents and officials. The group had bought the land and secured the permits for a post office to lure the Postal Service away from plans to build a new facility on County Road 39, outside of the village.
The Postal Service also leases space on Jagger Lane to house additional post office boxes, which it will no longer need once the new facility opens. Plans for the new facility call for 3,000 boxes to replace the 1,698 boxes on Nugent Street and another 937 on Jagger Lane.
Both the Nugent Street post office and Jagger Lane space are rented and cost the Postal Service $209,000 and $28,080, respectively, each year, according to Tom Gaynor, a spokesman for the Postal Service.